Navigating the Path: Journeying Through Participatory Grantmaking [PASSED]
Wednesday, July 26, 3:00pm EDT/12:00pm PDT
- Adam Fong, program officer, Performing Arts, Hewlett Foundation
- Lucas Grindley, executive director, Next City
- Shaunda McDill, managing director, Pittsburgh Public Theater
Community-led grantmaking has taken on many forms for several years. Most recently, “participatory grantmaking” has become the popular term to capture this responsive style of funding. It speaks to a progressive strategy where funders take the “passenger seat” role, and communities take the wheel.
In consideration of this, Grantmakers in the Arts hosted a dialogue-style webinar on participatory grantmaking where we addressed power sharing, new and equitable grantmaking practices for community-based organizations, and the challenges that exist with giving away funding. We are continuing this rich conversation to go deeper, discuss challenges that can arise along the way, and share new models of decision making that elevate community voices.
Join us on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 3pm EDT/12pm PDT for a workshop-style webinar around these topics. We will be joined by Adam Fong, program officer, Performing Arts, Hewlett Foundation; Lucas Grindley, executive director, Next City; and Shaunda McDill, managing director, Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Live captioning will be available in English throughout the webinar. For additional accommodation requests, please contact GIA Senior Program Manager Sherylynn Sealy, at least three (3) business days prior to the event.
Adam Fong, program officer, Performing Arts, Hewlett Foundation
Adam Fong joined the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2018 as a Program Officer in Performing Arts. He manages a diverse portfolio of grants supporting artists and communities throughout the Bay Area. Adam is a musician and cultural entrepreneur with deep experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. He co-founded two Bay Area service organizations: Emerging Arts Professionals, a network dedicated to the development and growth of next generation arts and culture workers (director, 2011-2014); and Center for New Music, a hybrid supporting and presenting organization that fosters contemporary music and its community of practitioners (executive director, 2012-2018). Earlier in his career, Adam held positions with organizations including Other Minds, Music at Kohl Mansion, and the San Francisco Opera. In addition, he has served as co-chair of the funding advisory committee for the city of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and as a member of the Emerging Leader Council of Americans for the Arts. He has also been a frequent advisor and panelist to a broad community of artists, arts leaders, and arts organizations, and has led workshops and presentations on arts leadership, business models and planning, and community building. Adam remains active as a composer, with his work having been performed in Auckland, London, Berlin, across the United States, and throughout California. He also performs occasionally, focusing on contrabass, voice, and piano. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, as well as bachelor’s degrees in music composition and creative writing, and a master’s degree in English from Stanford University.
Lucas Grindley, executive director, Next City